By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The East Webster Wolverines lost a 6-0 heartbreaker in their first Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 game this season against neighboring county rival the Ackerman Indians.
“It was a tough loss but the kids played hard and gave a great outstanding effort,” said head coach Doug Wilson.
The Friday night showdown featured two of the toughest defenses in their district and both were forced to work over time during the game.
The Wolverines forced several Indian mistakes, but were unable to produce points.
The first half of the game featured a big stop for loss of yards by Austin Cunningham that set up the next play forcing the Indians to turnover on downs. However, the Wolverines were unable to move the ball down the field.
With Ackerman in possession of the ball late in the second quarter, Chase Keller made a 19-yard interception taking away the Indians’ chance to score in the first half. The second half of the game, John Wofford Williams made a big stop for loss of yards for the Wolverines forcing the Indians to punt. Later, Colby Williamson helped his team by recovering a fumble giving East Webster possession.
The Ackerman offense suffered several setbacks during the game and the Wolverine defense made it hard for the Indians to progress down the field.
But with 5:50 left in the game the Indians finally gained a 6-0 led, and it would be enough to win the game. With the Indian’s senior quarterback Dakota Brasher almost fumbling the snap, Brasher quickly found a hole through the air to senior wide receiver Quinton Lane for 63 yards for an Ackerman touchdown.
The Wolverines ran the ensuing kickoff to their own 37-yard line giving them an opportunity to answer back. However, with tensions high East Webster kept making mistakes forcing them deeper into their own territory and would eventually have to punt.
“Ackerman is a great team and they wore us down there at the end,” said Wilson. “But we were still there to win it if we could have made a few plays, but we just couldn’t stop them there at the end”
On the offensive side of the ball, Marques Reives led with eight carries for 44 yards. Sophomore quarterback Deangelo Liggins had 18 carries for 58 yards. Liggins was 2-9 through the air for 20 yards.
Jack Wilson had one reception for 13 yards while Reives had one reception for seven yards.
The Wolverines were held at 128 total offensive yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Thomas Brooks and Liggins led with seven stops each. Nick Reynolds had six stops during the game.
“We played so hard. Defense played well and offense played good. We were just a few yards shy of making some big plays there on offense,” said Wilson. “[Ackerman] was so big and physical; we just couldn’t move them out of the way when we needed to.”
East Webster now holds a 5-2 overall record and is 0-1 in district play.
The Wolverines are ready to regroup and prep for their final four regular season district matchups ahead.
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and we think good things will happen,” said Wilson. “We’re just going to keep working.”
This Friday East Webster will square off with the J.Z. George Jaguars. The Jaguars (2-5, 0-1) were recently defeated by the Eupora Eagles, 34-0.
Kickoff will be in Cumberland at 7:00 p.m.